Former government advisor, Alistair Campbell, has said that all three of the major political parties aren’t doing enough to help people with mental health conditions and are creating a potential care crisis by continuing to cut services.
He said: “Since 2010 mental health services have gone to the front of the queue for cuts.
“I hope Labour really make mental health a major part of their policy commitments and that the Tories and Lib Dems give it the priority it deserves.
“It is an issue whose time has come and we cannot wait another generation to tackle something that has to be tackled now.”
His speech comes after six of England’s leading mental health organisations, including the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, launched a new document called, A Manifesto for Better Mental Health.
The manifesto calls for a funding increase for the sector, commitments to put mental health education on the curriculum, and guarantees that existing pledges to introduce maximum waiting times for mental health are honoured by whichever party leads the next Government.
Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said: “Mental health must be a top priority for any new administration in 2015.
“Successive Governments have failed to seriously tackle this issue, which impacts individual lives, the economy and society at large.
“We call upon parties, across the political spectrum, to commit to the simple, practical and affordable actions outlined in our manifesto and improve the lives of millions of people affected by mental illness in Britain.”
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